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The Passion of the Christ returns to US No.1 spot over Easter holiday period



Story by: Jack Foley

MEL Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ continues to sweep all before it, having returned to the top of the American box office, over the Easter weekend.

The controversial epic, which has broken a record in almost every country that it has opened in to date, sold a colossal $17.1 million (£9.3m) worth of tickets across north America in the three days, beginning from Good Friday, taking its total gross to $354.9 million, and making it the eighth-highest grossing movie of all time in the States.

The Passion’s success came at the cost of Disney’s The Alamo, which recorded just $9.2 million at the box office, despite costing in excess of $100 million to make.

The Alamo was expected to have been a big boost to Disney, being billed as an old-fashioned epic, but its failure has placed fresh strain on the company, with bosses at a loss to explain its under-performance.

It failed to beat even Hellboy, which fell from number one to two, coming in at number three at the box office, and vying for that position with family comedy, Johnson Family Vacation.

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